December 12, 2006

FW06 Trend: Tunics and Smocks

OK, so first of all, those of you lovely readers who cheak in regularly may have noticed that our blogging has been a bit... off, timing wise. Here's what's up with Barney's Girl's and my life: Last weekend, both of us packed up and flew back home to Hong Kong from London and Paris. I arrived home to my newly refurnished home and room, which was piled with everything I own, so I literally had to jump over boxes and stacks of books to get to my bed and desk. So obviously, I've been busy putting everything away and finishing the refurnishing (still lots to finish up on). Today, Lane Crawford's sale (the equivilant of Saks) had just begun so I spent some time doing very important shopping. As for Barney's Girl, she landed in HK on Monday, dumped her luggage home and went straight to the eye doctor, Bobbi Brown counter and hair salon, where I mamanged to catch a quick chat with her for 10 minutes. Then last night, she flew off to Australia for a family vacation. See, we were SO busy that I spent less than half an hour on the Internet in the past few nights, which is just weird for me.

So anyways, onto tunics and smocks. According to British Elle, the definition of smocks is 'a cute, loose shirt that stands away from the body.' I wasn't bothered to check what tunics meant, but I think we can just think of them as long tops (which aren't as loose.) Both tops are long and brilliant to wear with skinny jeans (or mini skirt with full leggings).

Chloe is one of the main reason for the trend. Cute and babydoll-like.

Marc Jacobs is another brand that does such tops, although Marc Jacobs' is darker and not quite as cute.

Tunic by Sunner. Such a fantastic top -you can wear it casually or for a nice night out.

This very casual long vest by Velvet is great for super casual wear. It feels sort of LA-ish. A great way which I've learnt to make tops like this less casual, or simply to add more city-feel is to add a blazer over it. I mean, this must be the reason why designers made so many great cropped jackets and blazers this season -to go with all those long tops!

Top Shop as usual, makes loades of trendy yet affordable tops. I bought this one last week in my Bye-Top-Shop-For-One-Month shopping spree. I love those big buttons and the rib design. It's also another top perfect for me to roll out of bed, put on and run to (enter next desination).

Here's another smock by Top Shop.

Mark and Estel have some very simple, long flowy tees, which are also great for the look. This brand is now relatively known thanks to MKA Olsen wearing shirts by the brand a while ago.

For those who like the trendy, preppy look, wear a mini polo dress with jeans. The one above is by T.

Some of the tops are quite 'flared' so may make you feel like a preganat woman. One way to make this better is to wear a belt around the waist. (The belt should go around the narrowest part of your waist.) The belt will even instantly add style points!

14 Comments:

Blogger stine said...

hi! Is topshop UK only? love your blog!

12/14/2006 3:19 AM  
Anonymous diana said...

lane crawford has a sale already? i'm not returning to hong kong until sunday, hopefully more sales start happening then! it would be really neat to see what bought during your time in hong kong, or a little hong kong shopping guide! great post about the smock top, they're very cute.

12/14/2006 3:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HELP, i have a party to go to, an di want a great semi casual dressy shirt to wear, ive looked eveywhere and have no idea what to get, i wouldn't want my ensemble to be too CASUAL!!
<333 thankss

12/14/2006 3:56 AM  
Blogger Q said...

Are you both Chinese/Asian (since you live in HK)? Anyway, tunics are great and incredibly functional; they're wearable to school, cute when going out on the town, and comfortable enough to wear on a 5-hour flight! I esp. love the Chloe one.

12/14/2006 7:36 AM  
Blogger *cAt* said...

its so amazing that you live in hong kong! lucky lucky girls! anyway. i love the chloe one! oh and the polo mini dress!

12/14/2006 9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm...i just posted but the page didn't load...anyways...could polo dresses be a new trend?i loved the derek lam for tod's one jessica alba wore some time back..with the big buttons?not sure if i remember the designer right tho..
anyways i love polo shirts so it's a good thing..and the chloe smock/tunic thing is great..not loving the MJs,tho..:)

TG

12/14/2006 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Can you please please please make a post about leggings and jean mini skirts? I bought a jean skirt but i have Nooooooooo clue what shirt/sweater to wear over it, and without looking trashy. Thank u soo much! :)

12/16/2006 4:37 PM  
Anonymous tania said...

Love the smock / tunic trend! When done right it can be so flattering.

12/18/2006 8:11 AM  
Blogger Style Editor said...

Loving the tunics and your picks. I'm layering little cropped knits over mine for those chilly evenings. Can't get enough of them!

12/19/2006 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think that Marc Jacobs is a genius of fall fashion!!!

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